When you head 180 feet underground at Natural Bridge Caverns, it doesn’t take long before you realize you’ve entered an otherworldly place of wonder. Being up close and personal with nature and seeing firsthand the massive underground chambers full of natural formations forged over millions of years will do that. A visit to Natural Bridge Caverns is not only an opportunity to see nature at work firsthand, but it’s a hand-on educational opportunity.
Natural Bridge Caverns provides students with a fun and educational adventure they won’t forget. They can witness firsthand the effects of weathering, erosion, and deposition on the natural landscape. See how water has shaped the Earth over millions of years and continues to form the cavern system today. Remember – our cavern system is a living system, meaning these effects are taking place all the time.
For all the teachers out there, we have many resources available to download for use in your classroom to prepare students for their visit to Natural Bridge Caverns, or you can use them as follow-up activities to reinforce what you all have learned. We’ve even outlined for you which grade level TEKS each activity correlates with to prepare your students and ensure they get the most out of their trip.
There are activities from Kinder to 8th available that touch on a variety of subjects from formation growth rate, analyzing groundwater and soil types, to bat habitation and more. We’ve even developed board games and vocabulary games to serve as reviews on subject matter before your visit. Teachers, don’t forget our Guide to Accompany the Discovery Tour, our original and most popular cavern tour.
Here’s a few things to check off your planning list before your visit:
On the day of your visit:
Give your students a trip full of adventure, awe, and a hands-on education. Visit our school tours and educational resources page for more info and group rate pricing.